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We often believe a lie that says "Nobody understands me," but in fact, Jesus does! Because He is physically Mary's son, He is 100% human. Jesus is also legally Joseph's son, and as such, is the Heir of Abraham and David and is King of the Jews. Fundamentally, however, Jesus is God's Son. He is the 100% divine King of Kings. He is the King of the Kingdom of Heaven and the fulfillment of scripture.
The name Jesus means "Yahweh is salvation," and the title given to Him, Immanuel, means “God with us." Both His common name and His title given here in Matthew 1 indicate two profound truths:
-Jesus specifies what He does--> “God saves”
-Immanuel specifies who He is -->“God with us”
We can not separate WHO Jesus was and WHAT Jesus Did.
We can not walk in salvation without walking in relationship.
We pray the same prayer as 13th-century English bishop Saint Richard of Chi-chester:
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.